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Water Boatman

Corixa punctata
Water Boatman

Range

There are many different kinds of water boatman found all over the world.

Habitat

Found in ponds, lakes and attracted to algae in bird baths and fountains.

Body Traits

Gray-brown, long, oval body with cross-hatched pattern on wing covers. Back legs are flattened and paddle-like, fringed with hair.

Habits

They have a zig-zag swimming pattern. They are sometimes confused with backswimmers because they have the same general shape. However, backswimmers swim upside down in the water and are colored with the wings lighter than the leg area.

Diet

They feed on algae.

Reproduction

The eggs are laid singly attached to the stems of plants or fixed to the threads of floating algae.

Water Boatman

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:  Insecta
Order:  Hemiptera
Family: Corixidae
Genus:  Corixa
Species: C. punctata

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